By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, March 24, 2012
The proposed procedure set forth in the new Moroccan Financial Law project for the fiscal year 2012, now currently before Parliament, has raised a virulent debate.
The new government of Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane decided to impose a tax on the income of Football players, coaches, athletes and workers in various facilities operated by sport clubs.This bill includes some tax measures to be imposed on Moroccan clubs, both 1st and 2nd classes.
According to eurosport, Moroccan league professional teams met quickly and decided to protest on the decision immediately. To express their dissatisfaction with the act, some teams carried black armbands in last week’s football games as a sign to demand the immediate cancellation of the resolution.
Some teams have responded positively to the call while others have rejected it. Some teams also plan to boycott the tournament in case the government refuses to reverse its decision.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation will find itself committed to pay the value of the tax on the salary of Mr. Eric Geretz, the coach of Moroccan national team, since the salary of the coach signed in the contract is net.
The huge salary 2.7 million MAD [1 USD = 8.4 MAD] received by Eric Geretz would put the Royal Moroccan Football Federation on the horns of a dilemma if the Moroccan Parliament confirmed the new Financial Law Project of 2012.
At a time when the athletes are expecting new measures from Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane’s government that will encourage sports and raise the wages of athletes, the government has called for taxation without any exceptions.
The football players say the idea of taxes on the salaries they receive as very punitive, since according to them their wages already fail to meet their basic needs as it is. To then be required to pay regular income taxes would be too much.
Athletes all over the world pay income taxes. I wonder, what makes ours the exception?